Finite Element Modelling of Fracture in dowel-type timber connections
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Dowel-type steel to timber connections are commonly used in timber structure. The load carrying capacity and the stress distribution within the connection area are complicated and the failure behavior of a connection depends on many parameters.
The main purpose of this thesis was to verify, using the data obtained from previous experiments, the conventional design method of European Code 5(EC5) (hand calculation) for dowel type joints subjected to pure bending moment and other alternative design methods based on the finite element method (FEM) including the use of the mean stress approach and the extended finite element method (XFEM).
Finite element models were created in the software ABAQUS. The models were then used to predict the load bearing capacity and compare this to the experimental results. In addition parametric studies were performed with modifications of material properties and other parameters. The closest prediction in relation to the test results was obtained using XFEM where the predicted capacity was 3.82% larger than the experimental result.
An extension of the mean stress method going from a 2D-formulation to a 3D-formulation was verified as well.
A general conclusion drawn from this work is that the numerical modelling approaches used should also be suitable for application to complex connections and situations involving other loading situations than pure tension.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 85 p.
Dowel, timber, fracture mechanics, mean stress method, finite element model, bending, XFEM, ABAQUS
Other Mechanical Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-34783OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-34783DiVA: diva2:722437
Subject / course
Mechanical Engineering, Master Programme, 60 credits
Serrano, Erik, ProfessorDorn, Michael, Postdoctor
Linderholt, Andreas, Lektor